April 24, 2014 | We asked exhibitors at the Philadelphia Antiques Show to highlight one exceptional object in their booths and describe it as they might to an interested collector. Here are the things they chose, along with some of their comments.
Nothing evokes spring and the promise of summer like butterflies flitting around the garden. From ancient times to the present, bejeweled figural jewelry of insects and birds has amused and intrigued us, and every major jeweler from around the world has delighted their clients with whimsical jewels of the flitting, creeping, and crawling. Our "garden" at the Philadelphia Antiques Show will include a selection of butterflies, bees, birds, and snakes-as well as flowers.
The paintings of fashionably dressed and elegantly posed women at leisure by Irving Ramsey Wiles (1861-1948) were as popular during his lifetime as they are today. These "esprit portraits," as Charles H. Caffin wrote in 1907, combined the tec…» More
April 17, 2014 | Despite cold temperatures and snow on the ground this mid-April morning, it is spring, one of loveliest harbingers of which is the annual Antique Garden Furniture Fair held at the New York Botanical Garden. Scheduled this year for Friday April 25 through Sunday April 27, with its always delightful preview party and private plant sale on Thursday, April 24 from 6 to 8 pm, the show is a must for collectors and a joy for the uninitiated. As Paulette Peden of Dawn Hill Antiques says, "It is the premier show in the country for garden enthusiasts and a wonderful venue to show prized garden furnishings."
Fountains, sundials, statuary, bird baths, gates, garden benches, antique wicker, urns and planters, botanical prints, and architectural ornament are just some of the items that will be found in the booths of the more than thirty exhibitors-all set up in a large tent outside the landmark Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, amid the garden's flowering trees, plants, and shrubs. In additio…» More
April 16, 2014 | THE PHILADELPHIA ANTIQUES SHOW's hardworking committee, on the job since 1962, this year welcomes the show's new director Catherine Sweeney Singer. From this pairing expect a fresh take on tradition, the best of the past proffered with invigorated ideas for the present. The gala preview is April 25, and the show runs through April 29.
Limning a portrait of a place and its people, Historic Deerfield, organizers of this year's loan show, is exhibiting more than thirty eighteenth- and nineteenth-century objects from its collections of Connecticut River Valley fine and decorative art. Many of the items selected by curator Amanda E. Lange have unbroken histories in Deerfield and nearby communities in western Massachusetts. Highlights include Ralph Earl's 1799 portrait of Dr. Ebenezer Hunt of Northampton and a pole stand with a screen embroidered about 1810 by Sarah Leavitt of Greenfield.
Associate chairman Leslie Anne Miller will debut her book Start with a House, Finish with a…» More
April 1, 2014 | The Salon Doré, a period room at the Legion of Honor, has a long and busy history, most of which has now been uncovered by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco's team of curators, architectural historians, and restorers.
When it reopens on April 5 all will be revealed, from the salon's origins at the Hôtel de La Trémoille in Paris during the reign of Louis XVI to its installation as a ballroom in a California home, to its eventual arrival at the Legion of Honor in 1959, donated by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Rheem. The elaborate renovation, including the preservation of the boiserie originally installed in 1781, is amply documented on the Legion of Honor's website. What is equally impressive is the ultimate goal of the project--to allow visitors of the twenty-first century to get both a visceral and intellectual sense of how social life was conducted in an aristocratic environment during the eighteenth century. A salon de compagnie was designed to receive guests and invite …» More
March 31, 2014 | Please go to the web site for the Antique Dealers of America's first online antiques show (adadealers.com), a three day round the clock event that lets you shop in your pajamas, guarantees authenticity, offers stuff exclusive to its venue, provides for buyer's remorse, and eliminates the pre-show wheeling dealing that allows dealers to pick off each other's stuff before you get to see it. To these and all the other inducements on the site we add four of our own:
1. The online show might just be the step into the 21st century that the venerable organization has needed.
2. The show's web page is well designed, lively, and convincing, another auspicious sign.
3. You can buy but not with one click. Once you decide on an item you still have to contact the dealer and schmooze, an irreplaceable part of the charm of buying, selling, and collecting antiques and fine art.
4. It might just work, and if it does we are betting that by creating an energetic force field around antique…» More
[Compiled by Bill Stern, Executive Director at the Museum of California Design, Los Angeles. Originally published in "Curator's Eye" in Modern Magazi» View All